Hank Williams, GM, Bill Monroe discussed on Not Too Shabby


And we got this new recording from a woman named any sunshine and notices a song on here called the ghost of Hank Williams and so we had never actually done a whole lot there are quite a few bluegrass songs are sung come across the lawn talk about the death of Hank Williams and because Hank is a country music hall of fame and songwriters hall of fame is even in the rock and roll hall of fame influence in many rock and roll song writers in as it was on new year's day in nineteen fifty three the GM and hard to tackle is on its way to a gig and passed away and reminded me that bill Monroe and actually written I'm blue I'm lonesome he and Hank wrote that song together and thank bill was one of the last people on the grand Ole Opry talk to Hank Williams Hank and being kicked out of the the grand alive because of too much drinking and method here's a here's a bit about that from Richard Smith's book on the life of bill Monroe father bluegrass Richard writes this he says one night in December nineteen fifty two word circulated backstage at the Opry that Hank Williams was in the alley behind the Ryman sitting in his car is the sober was the immediate question the answer of course with no one on the Opry stars went out to greet him with one exception bill Monroe ventured out into the winter cold the windows of the Cadillac were fogged up but Williams who's sitting in the backseat recognize Manuel and roll down the window when real was shocked at what he saw Williams is so tiny that he looked as if he was all folded up wasted man nothing but bones his ashen face seemed no bigger than the hand that Monroe extended to a Nelson Hank shaking hands I am got friend at the grand Ole Opry nobody but you nobody here cares about me within a few weeks Williams is dead in the backseat of that car happy stars would spurn Williams that December night we soon out in force at his funeral singing his praises so it kinda mind me the connection between Hank Williams and bluegrass whose whose what the mark Newton called hillbilly Hemingway and so on Wednesday lose he wrote it down but there was nothing to lose.

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